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« on: March 19, 2009 04:46:09 PM »

I made these in my beginning ceramic class. I can't wait to hang them up, I just need some chain!

The birdhouse is coil built. It is built to the size that wrens and chickadees prefer, 4 inches in diameter at the bottom, about 9 inches deep, with the 1 1/4 inch hole about 6 inches above the bottom. These little birds like cathedral ceilings!



It is stoneware clay, fired to cone 10. The glaze was complicated, despite its' look. The branches took four coats, plus a coat of wax resist! The body is glazed in a lovely, subtle celadon.

The inside is left unglazed, to give little baby birds a way to climb out when it's time to leave the nest!





Holes in the back for ventilation. There are also holes in the bottom for drainage.

The top removes for easy cleaning. Strong branches provide a place to hang it from beside the lid. next time I will use cables to make a lid that slides up, but I didn't have access for this go. This angle makes it look crooked. Hehe.



A matching bird feeder! Same glazes, but this one was slab built.



Perches for hungry birdies.







I can't wait to put birdseed in it and see the first bird come to visit!
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2009 05:03:42 PM »

Really lovely, I especially like the branches they look so real. Good job, I'm sure the birdies will love them.
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2009 05:05:15 PM »

Oh wow! I love the birdhouse. You did a great job with the "wood".
I'm currently taking ornithology and have become quite taken with birds, I just bought my first house from a guy who makes them at my local fleamarket. It's nowhere near as pretty as yours but I'm hoping the birds wont mind.
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2009 05:10:56 PM »

these are lovely! i used to live in the middle of the woods and loved watching birds now the only "birds" i get to watch are f-18s haha
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2009 05:17:31 PM »

Wow.  These are both gorgeous works of art!  You are really talented. 

I love the subtle color you chose and how detailed the branches are.  Some birds are going to be very happy with these!  Love 'em.
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2009 07:20:20 AM »

Lovely work.   The subdued colors are wonderful, it's perfect for nature.
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2009 10:07:06 AM »

Thank you all! I am a birdwatcher. I can't wait to see the birds using them. I am a bit concerned the huge population of squirrels around here will manage to knock them out of the trees, so I'm trying to figure out how to squirrel proof them.

I'm currently making a little matching hanging bird bath!
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